The Racine Equality Project Files An Ethics Complaint

On June 25, 2014, The Racine Equality filed an Ethics Complaint against District 3 Racine County Supervisor Monte Osterman. Following the filing of the Complaint, Dr. Ken Yorgan had this to say:

The Racine Equality Project, in response to citizen concerns, has pursued an investigation into the activities of certain elected officials and non-elected public employees. This investigation has been done with a thorough examination of public records, including tapes and transcripts of public meetings and statements by the parties being investigated. What we have found is very revealing, often disappointing, and sometimes quite disturbing.

As a result of this investigation, and following review by independent legal counsel, a Compliant with substantial evidence has been filed with the Racine County Board of Ethics regarding certain activities by District 3 County Supervisor Monte Osterman. This is personally disappointing to me, because I was originally a supporter of Mr. Osterman when he ran for office, just over two years ago. Mr. Osterman ran and was elected following the retirement of Supervisor Diane Lange, who had served the County Board for many years with honor, integrity and courage and it is especially sad to reflect on the loss of her presence on the County Board.

The evidence that has been submitted to the Racine County Board of Ethics is factual and compelling. It is now their responsibility to review it, conduct a proper investigation, hear Mr. Osterman’s reply, and if necessary, refer the matter to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Most private citizens are aware, often through personal experience, that no excuses are accepted for violations of laws, statutes, and ordinances. Public officials need to be held to that same standard when operating under the public trust, making decisions that affect our wealth and well-being. this is a serious matter, and we hope for a sober and deliberative response.

View the entire Complaint Below:

Exhibits 1-9 are Below

Exhibits 10-21 are Below

Exhibit 8: Monte Osterman Speaks on Rootworks

Exhibit 15: Sandy Weidner speaks on Rootworks